A couple of years ago, if you asked a kid what they wanted to be when they grew up, they probably would've said something like a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or if they were cool like me, a game designer. Now if you ask them, you'll probably get answers like a Vine star, comedian, game streamer, or a YouTuber.
In my freshman year of high school, I started my very own YouTube channel posting little gameplay videos of me playing "Call of Duty" and other random games. Back then I wanted to be a gaming YouTuber more than anything. See, my little tiny kid brain decided that I didn't want to be a game designer because I thought that it would be too hard to do, so I wanted to take the easy way out. I never told my parents this, so if they're reading this, I'm pretty sure they're shocked right now. As I got older and more mature, the quality of my videos got better, but then I started writing reviews for my channel. That's when I grew a liking to writing reviews and articles about gaming and decided to become a journalist.
In my junior year, I started a whole new channel and used it as a portfolio of sorts to showcase my works to future employers and such. I still occasionally made gaming videos, but I also focused on doing giveaways to give back to the gaming community for helping me reach my subscriber goals. I'm currently at 500+ subscribers, so that's pretty cool.
In college, I barely have the time to make videos anymore, which resulted in the loss of subscribers. It sucks, but there's nothing I can do about that. Either way, I can't be paid by YouTube until I get up to 1,000 subs, so that's gonna take awhile. Plus, I have better things to do like homework and writing articles and reviews that are gonna benefit my career. It's not like I lost the motivation to create videos, it's just that I feel like doing it is just a way to express myself to future peers and acquaintances to show them who I am and what I bring to the table.
So unless I'm at the point in my life where I need to make some extra money, then maybe I'll see about doing YouTube as a part-time job.